Hitachi Introduces Its New 18-Volt Lithium Ion Cordless Impact Driver

NORCROSS, GA, February 5, 2008 Hitachi Power Tools today announced a new cordless 18-volt 1.5Ah impact driver, the WH18DFL, which combines the high torque of automotive wrenches with the precision of traditional driver drills.  This 1/4 hex impact driver includes an electric brake and is ideal for fastening, driving and drilling applications.  Work is more comfortable and convenient with a job light and belt hook integrated into a sturdily constructed design.  Even with so many features, the WH18DFL is a light-weight and affordable lithium ion option.  Comprehensive battery compatibility within Hitachi™s 18-volt cordless series (DMR, DVF3, DFL and DL) gives the user even more flexibility and value across the Hitachi cordless line.


Compact and lightweight, the WH18DFL allows effortless maneuverability.  The 1.5Ah lithium ion battery significantly reduces the tool weight which lessens user fatigue and improves manageability in awkward or overhead applications. Weighing in at only 3.3 lbs, this impact driver features a two-piece magnet motor with an impressive tightening torque of 1150 in-lbs to handle the toughest jobs with ease.  Its no-load speed of up to 2,500 RPM and a 3,000 BPM impact rate make projects faster and easier. Heavy applications such as tightening carriage bolts, driving lags, automotive work and sinking deck screws call for an impact driver, a tool that can also perform lightweight tasks like hanging doors or installing cabinetry. 

The electronic feedback power control switch provides the user with equal torque and speed in both forward and reverse. A durable die-cast aluminum hammer casing encloses the striker and motor to extend tool life under the stress of high heat and extreme conditions.  Bits can be changed quickly and easily in the ¼ hex drive chuck by simply pulling, inserting the bit and releasing the chuck.  Bits are secure and won™t slip or fall out.  The patented 5-position adjustable belt hook attaches on the left or right side of the tool to accommodate different jobs and user preferences while an integrated LED work light illuminates a dim workspace.  Users will notice the well-balanced design, coupled with a non-slip rubber grip, providing more control, comfort and safety.


The combination of lithium ion technology and advanced charging circuitry creates an HXP battery system with full-power performance from the moment the trigger is pulled until it is time to recharge. Users will realize the benefits of Hitachi™s pioneering technologies in the Universal battery charger which charges 7.2V up to 18V lithium ion batteries in 30 minutes, less than half

the time it takes competitive models.  Excellent overload and discharge protection prevents the battery from overheating or power loss, extending the life of the battery and saving the user replacement costs. The two 1.5Ah HXP batteries included with the WH18DFL are equipped with a current interrupt detection system and a thermal protector for added safety.


The WH18DFL 1.5Ah Lithium-Ion Impact Driver is part of a series that also includes an 18-volt driver drill (DS18DFL) and 14.4-volt driver drill (DS14DFL) that all provide an opportunity for users to acquire the benefits of lithium ion battery technology at a very competitive price.


The WH18DFL Impact Driver features Hitachi™s industry leading 5-year warranty.  It comes complete with two 18-volt 1.5Ah lithium ion batteries, a Universal quick charger and a durable injection molded carrying case. For more information, including the full line of Hitachi products and support, please contact Hitachi Power Tools at 1-800-829-4752 or visit



Hitachi Power Tools carries an extensive line of professional grade tools and accessories for: woodworking, metalworking, concrete drilling and cutting, as well as a complete line of pneumatic nailers, staplers, compressors and collated fasteners. During the 1980s Hitachi Power Tools U.S.A. built its reputation for quality on the success of its pneumatic framing nailer and sliding compound miter saws. In 1995 Hitachi Power Tools U.S.A. was renamed Hitachi Koki U.S.A. to denote the addition of manufacturing to the United States.

From headquarters in Atlanta, GA, and satellite offices in Jefferson, GA, Valencia, CA and Toronto ONT, Hitachi Koki U.S.A. supports nearly 2000 retail locations carrying Hitachi tools and over 1000 authorized service centers. The field sales force and service technicians constantly provide information to engineers to refine and upgrade the product selection. Many tools in the line are designed and offered for use only in North America. With dozens of new models already in development, Hitachi Power Tools enters the 21st century continuing to offer the highest level of professional power tools available.




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